If puppyhood is the honeymoon, what the hell is adolescents?

While it may seem like that fluffy little puppy is a lot of work, you will look back on the first four months as the easy times, the calm before the storm of adolescents. It isn’t uncommon for my puppy clients to love puppy classes and training, and then get super mad or frustrated with…

The Inconvenient Puppy

From the day that puppy hits the ground, there is work to be done, schedules that need to be changed, and sleep becomes a thing of the past. The Mama Dog, whether she has one or thirteen puppies, she is the sole source of nutrition and comfort for what are basically – furry, nursing, pooping,…

I don’t train husbands …

For nearly two decades now, not a week goes by where I am asked to help with a husbands behavior. And my answer has always been, I don’t train husbands. For a good reason, but I’ll get to that in a minute! My training business is surprisingly more men then women. I never really took…

Is the solution to ‘shock’ what you don’t want?

Every morning when I walk into the office, there is always at least one phone message pertaining to someone not wanting to shock their dog, but that is the advice they have received from neighbors, friends, family, and strangers at the dog park. For almost two decades of morning messages like that, I can safely…

Powder Day!

We are a couple of months into winter, and for sure we have had snow, but no big dumps, until last night. We woke up to a blue bird sky, sparkly diamond snow, no wind, and a perfect kind of cold. After duck chores and shoveling patios and driveways, it was time to enjoy the…

A Clarification of Sorts

I totally get why many pet owners, correction based trainers, and back yard trainers,  cringe when someone says they are a ‘positive reinforcement trainer’. I get it. And just for clarification – positive and negative in training terms are mathematical in nature, not emotional. Positive refers to ‘adding’, and Negative refers to ‘subtracting’. However, for…

Top 10 Tips – Considerations for Raising Littermates

Littermates have known each other since the day of conception, the entire time in the womb, and during the neonatal snuggle and pile up nursing stage. They have been each others pillows, first play mates, first partners in crime, and each others first chew toys when cutting teeth. Littermates know each other intimately, every skin…

Starting With Who You Have

We are humans so we all have goals. Some of us have simple goals, like getting out of bed when the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze 20 times. And some of us have serious lofty goals, like cleaning up all of the plastic in the oceans. All valid, all worthy of personal attention,…

Into the New …

I would have to say that I am never lacking for anything productive to do, even unproductive for that matter. With my training business, biodynamic garden business, my dogs, my kids, and our daily going-ons , life is full. But I have been wanting a change, and I think I have chosen to take our…

Accepting your dogs energy

It is one thing to have a dog, it is another thing to understand or gel with your dog. Good work cannot happen if there is a gap in focus, orientation, language, or intention. This is a fact. And what it comes down to is accepting your dogs energy. In other words it is learning…